The Greens are suddenly much stronger in Western Europe

Across Western Europe, in many (though not all) countries, a bunch of Greens parties occupying the space between "left" and "centre-left" have suddenly become much larger. I thought readers might be interested in this phenomena so I've gathered the evidence here. I make no value judgements about this- maybe it's just neoliberalism with a new … Continue reading The Greens are suddenly much stronger in Western Europe

Rising age based polarisation in American presidential politics

Most people think of left-wing politics as the province of the young, and right-wing politics as favoured by the old. This is true, but at least when it comes to American presidential politics, it hasn't been true for as long as you think. In 2010 Gallup posted an article suggesting that Obama’s support was bifurcated more … Continue reading Rising age based polarisation in American presidential politics

The paranoid style in petit-bourgeois politics

I've found that a lot of Qanon supporters and other conspirators are relatively financially successful and/or small business owners. This isn’t surprising on purely demographic grounds- these people are older, white, Republicans so why should anyone be surprised that they often own a jet-ski dealerships and diners? It makes a lot of sense when you … Continue reading The paranoid style in petit-bourgeois politics

The three organising myths of centrist establishment Democrats and what’s wrong with them

Centrist Democrats often claim not to be tied to any specific theory of how politics works. However three central ideas reoccur over and over again in the rhetoric of centrist democrats. The cumulative effect of these ideas is to marginalise, in theory and practice, the left flank of their own party. However these ideas are … Continue reading The three organising myths of centrist establishment Democrats and what’s wrong with them

Internet searches increasingly favour the left over the right wing of politics.

I became interested in the question of whether Left-Wing or Right-Wing ideas are gaining greater visibility, as measured by searches recorded in Google Trends (GT). Particularly in how patterns of searches change relative to each other. Generally speaking there’s more left-wing searches than right-wing searches, but this doesn’t really tell us much- for example, left-wingers … Continue reading Internet searches increasingly favour the left over the right wing of politics.

If anything Black democrats are more passionate about economic justice than White democrats

There is a myth perpetually being circulated that economic issues are what white democrats care about, whereas Black voters care only about a form of racial politics abstracted from economic concern. This myth is often wielded as a club by an economically centrist Democratic party leadership, who portray economically left wing policies as out of … Continue reading If anything Black democrats are more passionate about economic justice than White democrats

Heading left: The stories of people who have moved from the political right to the left.

I asked in half a dozen left-wing sub-reddits for the stories of people who had moved from the right to the left and received well over one hundred responses, here is my synthesis on themes and patterns which emerged in the sample. Brief notes on method I don’t normally do qualitative research, I’m a quantitative … Continue reading Heading left: The stories of people who have moved from the political right to the left.